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Sep 24, 2011 3:00am PDT
palestine into its ranks. here's now senior united nations correspondent richard roth. >> reporter: like two heavyweight boxers, the palestinian and israeli leaders took their best shots at each other inside the general assembly hall. mahmoud abbas entered to thunderous ovation making his case for tatehood while brandishing his formal application to the security council. abbas denounced israeli occupation and settlement activity while asking the 193 countries for acceptance in their ranks. >> translator: i declare that the plo is ready to return immediately to the negotiating table on the basis of the adopted terms of reference based on international legitimacy and a complete cessation of settlement activity. >> reporter: netanyahu didn't fare as well on the applause meter. having served israel here as its ambassador, he made an impassioned plea for israel to defend itself. he said it was fine if the palestinians wanted a state but not created through the united nations. >> i cannot risk the future of the jewish state on wishful thinking. leaders must see reality as it is, not as it ought to be. we must do our best to shape the future, but we cannot wish away the dangers of the present. >> reporter: peace negotiat
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